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National Railway Museum

Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England
+44 844 815 3139
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For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York's only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in the Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in the Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area. The children can let off steam in our outdoor play area, and our miniature railway ride is perfect for the whole family. Every weekend and throughout the school holidays, the kids can enjoy a lively programme of events, including science shows, story telling, steam rides, craft activities and special events. Please note that calls to our listed phone number (0844...) cost 4.25p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.
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  • Average4%
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Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England
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+44 844 815 3139
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"flying scotsman"
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"japanese bullet train"
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"free entry"
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"train enthusiasts"
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"love trains"
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"suggested donation"
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"all ages"
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"main hall"
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"well worth a visit"
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"on display"
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"free attraction"
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Two hours well spent, and incredibly all for free. The exhibits are splendid and provide plenty of information to satisfy the most ardent train enthusiast. They ask for a donation and probably receive more than if they charged.

Thank Ewen A
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely tidy well organised museum. Free entry with a donation if you want to. Ideal to park here too for £10 all day much cheaper than the central car parks and it’s about 5-10 minute walk to the shops

Thank Carrie-Ann R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Magnificent exhibits both historical and current. Old trains like the Mallard are shown when not in use. Tim Peakes vessel was also exhibited and there is Japan bullet train. Good and interesting cafeteria facilities and shops. It can be free if you want. Disabled are...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

For train lovers or not, this is a place that shouldn’t be missed if you are in York. A wonderful showcase of how a place can be kept alive with no formal fees from you. Car Parking fees of gbp 10 is all that was...More

Thank Pra2Adi
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing history of rail travel and it was great to see the number of teenagers visiting on school excursion as well as the number of foreign visitors. What I must recommend though is that you allow at least an hour to go...More

Thank Geordielass2
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Reviewed yesterday

Interesting and free too. You only really need about 2 hours to look around, unless you want to read everything in detail.

Thank RoamingKoalas
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great spot ever if you are not that into trains. A great rainy day activity. A tour is not required but always a great experience. Have the pies at the cafe!! Some good unique beers too!

Thank Steve A
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would recommend this museum over any other attraction in York. Not only is it free (always a big plus, though a donation is recommended) but it is a fantastic museum with great exhibits and plenty of history. A railway buff could easily spend a...More

Thank Rowdy36
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s terrific that Britain’s rich and important rail history and heritage is so well presented here. All credit to the three “Explainers”, as they’re called, for offering 17 talks, workshops or demos on a sunny Sunday. I especially enjoyed the dress-up session about the competition...More

Thank Glenn S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Over years been here a few times and each time I enjoy it and look forward to the next time. Great exhibits and modern ways of conveying the stories. Well worth a trip

Thank paul s
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cappie1947
14 July 2018|
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Response from Chris R | Reviewed this property |
It is free, they ask for a donation and parking is £10 per day opposite. If you then walked into York that’s not so bad but I guess park and ride is better value.
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LoverofPrague
4 July 2018|
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Response from Natasha09 | Reviewed this property |
There is some luggage storage at the end of each cabin so should be ok
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Vic M
5 May 2018|
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Response from stavachino | Reviewed this property |
Sorry might be a bit late in answering but no the HP train is not there
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